#1
if you have not kept up with the posts i have put up in the last month i recently purchased a 1970 les paul guitar body. it is not a gibson but a Pan/Aria series from Japan. it is just the body, no neck, with some electronics left on it. it is really scratched and dinged up and i would like to fix it up myself.

down below are a number of pics and one video of the guitar showing all the parts of it that need to be fixed and just showing the guitar overall. the video goes into more detail with me pointing out some the flaws. this should be enough to get some help about fixing this guitar.

mostly i kinda know how to do fix it up but i need you guys to check if im thinking correctly. here is the plan:
1. tear off binding
2. take off all parts and take out electronics
3. sand down paint and prep
4. replace binding
5. repaint w/ designs
6. replace electronics and parts on guitar
7. put on neck

thats the general idea i have about what to do. if there is something wrong with it let me know.

ok final thing. if you have any questions or request for more pics to look over let me know and i will post asap.

***disclaimer about video***
when i point and wave finger=bad part
when i point and thumb up= good
when i point and wave hand= so, so

***disclaimer about pics***
here is a list of things on the guitar that i know for sure are wrong with it
1. small crack near neck opening
2. dents
3. scratches
4. broken treble/rhythm switch
5. big chip near humbucker
6. deep gouge in neck strap pen thingy
7. old wiring from what i can see (disputable)
8. pretty bad wiring (from what i can see)

thats all i have. thanks

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#2
Pfew...man....!
It reminds me of that guy who found a car steering wheel and then figured he could easily fix it. He only needed a steering column, a steering rack, track rods, uprights, suspension parts, brakes, wheels, tyres, a chassis, engine, gearbox, prop shaft, rear axle, fueltank, electrics, radiator and hoses, all of the body parts, seats, dashboard, upholstery, nuts, bolts and whashers and a few other small parts and the car would be fully functional again.
Indeed that is what he set forth to do, and after many months of shopping around and working hard, out of his garage rolled a beautifull old car that shone, rode and ran like a new one.
But then the original steering wheel looked rather shabby and misplaced, so the man decided to replace that as well.

In short; I'd say it's an excellent idea. You can make yourself a beautifull guitar that way. I only would advise you to use another body; one that is made of real mahogany and one that doesn't need so much repair. I think the end result will be nicer then.
Last edited by Marcel Veltman at May 11, 2008,
#3
^ not even. More like he's found a body and frame, now he just needs the parts that make it go. I think it will be great! So, once you sand off the finish, fill the chips, then finish it using a reranch tutorial.
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#4
whats a reranch?

so im guessing im on the right track.

when i prepare the guitar for painting, do i put on the binding first then paint or the reverse of that?

and on the neck strap screw in on the bottom of the guitar do i need to fill that in and rescrew it?
#5
o and what about the wiring? does it look like it needs replacing? if i have to get rid of it, how do i remove it from the guitar?
#6
Binding then paint. If you dont have it off yet your better to leave it on than screw with it.
#8
ill have a drawing of the design im going to put on the design up in a few weeks if anyone wants to see it
#10
Before you get carried away doing anything you better find a neck to fit the guitar first. No point in painting, pickups etc if you cant get a neck that will fit.
#11
i have a neck that fits. i just need the other questions i asked answered so i can go ahead and begin.
#12
Ok, whats another question then, Ill try to help

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#13
OK HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASKED THAT HAVENT BEEN ANSWERED YET:

whats a reranch?

and on the neck strap screw in on the bottom of the guitar do i need to fill that in and rescrew it?

o and what about the wiring? does it look like it needs replacing? if i have to get rid of it, how do i remove it from the guitar?
#14
Reranch is a website that is dedicated to helping you finish and make the best finish on your guitar/guitar project.
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#16
ok dont worry about neck strap screw in bc i think im just going to fill that in anyways.

so about the wiring question. should i get rid of or keep? and if you noticed there is a middle switch in between teh volume and tone controls. is that a seperate part that can be taken out until i get new parts? or is it consider permantely connected to the volume and tone controls?
#17
No somebody added that in later. A phase switch or something like it. You could leave it out or use a push pull pot to do it.
#18
ok but what aobut the over all wiring? i think i need to take it out. i think i just need a socket wrench to take them off. is that correct?

and what is a phase switch just wondering? is it a seperate component that can be saved?
#19
Its just a switch it depends on how you use it depends on what it does. And if your rebuilding this thing then a set of pots is cheap insurance against fixing it again later. Phase is changing the way the pickup works. You can make the pickups out of phase or the pickup coils themselves out of phase. Or the switch could be used to coil cut a humbucker. And yea the nuts you just take em off with a wrench, socket.
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Quote by Tackleberry
Its just a switch it depends on how you use it depends on what it does. And if your rebuilding this thing then a set of pots is cheap insurance against fixing it again later. Phase is changing the way the pickup works. You can make the pickups out of phase or the pickup coils themselves out of phase. Or the switch could be used to coil cut a humbucker. And yea the nuts you just take em off with a wrench, socket.



And if your rebuilding this thing then a set of pots is cheap insurance against fixing it again later? what did you mean by this?